The Global Entrepreneurship Education Initiative:
Theory to Practice Seminars
The Theory to Practice seminars are a part of the Intel+UC Berkeley Global Entrepreneurship Education Initiative that includes the Global Entrepreneurship Leadership Symposium and the Intel Global Challege at UC Berkeley. These three programs build a complete offering for building entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial spirit and activity throughout the world.
“Intel is a global enterprise, with global concerns. Based on our own entrepreneurial roots, we believe that enhancing the rate of technology innovation and commercialization globally is important. The rate of entrepreneurial innovation that we witnessed during the early days of the Internet showed us what was possible,” said Mark Harris, Intel's director of the Technology Entrepreneurship program. “We asked, 'How do we get this innovation going again?'... It became clear that Berkeley and Intel had very similar ideas around the opportunity for technical entrepreneurs.”
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The Theory to Practice Seminar is designed to train faculty on how to teach and support entrepreneurship at their institution and within their community. We have taught this seminar 44 times around the world in the locations listed to the right.
The Seminar provides educators and administrators with:
- A complete set of our curriculum
- An understanding of all the activities we use to create a supportive culture to create new ventures
- The tools to create local cases for the support of their teaching activities
- Introductions to individuals who share their point of view regarding entrepreneurship and innovation and who may be useful for expanding their networks
- A grounding in the entrepreneurial process, from idea to new venture creation
- Useful tools for mentoring new ventures to create an opportunity for student learning and company creation
During the seminars, participants learn how to create unique entrepreneurship programs appropriate for their respective university. Topics include entrepreneurship teaching methods, curriculum design, how to work with real businesses, and, moreover, create an ecosystem that supports entrepreneurship. Previous sessions have had rave reviews.
"This course has made me think of entrepreneurship education in a new light," wrote one participant from India on the course feedback form. Another from Hungary wrote, "These two days are one of the most valuable days in my professional life."
The Lester Center's approach combines rich classroom education with reality based experience. In bringing this type of innovation to educational programs worldwide, Intel hopes to increase the rate of technical innovation and commercialization, thereby contributing to economic vitality and well being.
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